EN Japanese Brasserie

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Experience Japanese dining in a beautiful, authentic Japanese restaurant located in the West Village of Manhattan. We offer the rich traditions of Japanese cooking with Chef Abe Hiroki’s modern yet relaxed style of dining centered around a procession of small plates.


We adhere to the fundamentals of Japanese cooking: respecting the ingredients and their natural flavors, cooking in the moment, and letting the ingredients speak for themselves. We have created an extensive menu, featuring dishes as fresh tofu (prepared six times a night), saikyo miso black cod, stone grilled Washugyu and Wagyu steaks, an assortment of sashimi and sushi rolls and three signature EN Kaiseki tasting menus. To compliment your dining experience, we have developed a list of over 80 sakes and 36 shochus as well as carefully crafted signature cocktails and wine list. Polish your meal off with a choice from 60 Japanese whiskies, a lineup that is hard to beat.
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

This was an okay restaurant. The flavors, the food were just "meh" for the most part. Beautiful building and service was very good.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Requested a table for two in the main dining area with our reservation, but was informed upon arrival that tables for two were only offered in the outside anti-room dining area. Lighting was extremely dim in this area, so we used our phones to read the menu. Food was excellent, but we could barely see it. Portions were small prices were high. This was our second visit, and probably our last.

R
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great food and service

AB
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing omakase. Very authentic, inventive and fresh. If you're looking for standard, American-style Japanese, don't come here. It's too good for that.

Excellent service. Restaurant decor is outstanding as well. Did not expect the whole experience to be so good.

And they also have a large selection of vegan dishes, including an entire vegan omakase, which my friend greatly appreciated.

Seems no corners were cut. Will definitely come back.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant. Great for friends and family.

OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

We had to wait 20 minutes for our table despite having a reservation. Food was so so this time

OT
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brother came to town

DF
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and amazing presentation. The entire staff was friendly and quick to serve us and answer any requests.

CE
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is one of my favorites, great, fresh Japanese food and the service is always wonderful.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 2ambience 4

We have heard an asian waitress was laughing at my friend’s accent and she was embarrassed when my friend went to choose a sake.

SD
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, beautiful place. I had a great time and would highly recommend the miso black cod.

FL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Like the fish soup

c
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Most of my friends are not interested in places that are so upscale / expensive / pretentious. They want to have good food, reasonable ambiance, and good company, without all the hype.

A
Philadelphia
259 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Outstanding overall

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Pretty average food and server was pushy to get more orders from our table. Ambiance is good but food not so much

F
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ambience, service, food all superb. Expensive but worth it.

JA
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great and service was awesome. Very attentive and nice staff members.

H
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always wonderful, En was also able to move us smoothly through their multi-course prix fixe in time for us to make the performance we were seeing. It was fantastic! We will return to do it again when we can do it at a more relaxed pace.

E
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Don’t order their kaiseki tasting menu, period.

FM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

service was not good

RS
New York Area
59 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

we have been going to en for years - probably since it first opened. the prices have gone up and the portions are smaller, but we continue to come because it is a unique space in ny and our guests always enjoy the meal. however this time the server just HOVERED over us, you put a dish down and he whisks it away before you get a chance to finish the condiments on it, put a glass down and he fills it to the brim with water. continually kept saying are you finished can I clear...we were a party of 5 having the large tuna spine that was a table share plus at least 10 other dishes that were to arrive - so LARGE bill. but he kept pushing for us to finish so he could bring the next dish SO ANNOYING and a definite F grade for courtesy and service. it began to hamper our conversation and patience especially since we have out of town guests.

L
Charlotte
31 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Can’t describe - just awesome!

JD
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic, as always. Consistent quality, great sake menu, true NYC gem!

EK
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual. One of my favorites

UR
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

I've been going to EN occasionally for over a decade. The food is excellent...and the front room is a perfect venue to meet someone for a drink and a light bite.

My critical issue with EN is the outrageously overpriced drinks. A 5-oz pour of middling Burgundy shouldn't cost $24...and the sakes are likewise overpriced for their serving size. I'm a lifelong Manhattan resident, and as a single person dine out every night. But even by fine dining standard the value is poor. EN is sadly never on my regular Japanese rotation for this reason...unless my meeting needs to be in the Hudson St. area.

BY
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

The food isn't good. Service is ok. It doesn't have an atmosphere and crowd justifying the level of prices.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So good. I will definitely come back here. Thanks

IG
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday


Sublime experience

DC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was terrific with one exception - the price!

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

The waiter pours sparkling water into my still water glass.

B
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super delish

m
New York Area
67 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

a beautiful interior, lovely service and exquisite food....what more can anyone ask for??

p
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Japanese at its finest!
Highly recommended...

c
London
14 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I came here for dinner with a visiting friend. The food was good and particularly enjoyed the warm freshly made tofu. The meal however was not as good as when I came here for lunch previously. I did not feel it was good value for money ($20 for average tempura). Dessert could also have been better if the hojicha panna cotta did not have so much strawberry compote on it. That said, our server was very friendly and nice!

LM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Love the sake flights, Kitaya and Fukuomachi taste great

NS
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 4

The food was terrible. The most delicious thing on the table was plane miso soup. And we ordered a lot from the menu. Do not recommend this restaurant.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place, but the service this evening was particularly exceptional! Food is always delicious, and it’s a very sexy vibe. Love it!

2
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

The waiter was no where to be found and we had to constantly ask other waiters to help us with orders etc totally spaced out
The food is not as carefully prepared as before , and the price has gone up
And it is very noisy

C
New York Area
57 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an amazing experience: the unique and not the same old Japanese food and the stunning decor. Especially lovely at lunchtime when it is very tranquil.

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed this Japanese type bistro when celebrating my birthday. Loved the jazz duo in the corner of the restaurant playing soothing smooth jazz. The chairs are by far the most comfortable I’ve ever sat in while dining.
The food here is very good and we had nothing to complain about. Miso cod is an excellent choice. We shared a few appetizers that we really enjoyed. Even went for the Wagyu as an entree option. I’d skip the wagyu next time as I wasn’t impressed with what I got for 80$, but certainly a very nice piece of meat. Desserts were killer too. Had the trio of chocolate. Very good.

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